Campaign for loved one with Huntington disease surpasses goal
The organizer of a fundraiser to help the family of a Glace Bay woman suffering from Huntington disease says they surpassed their goal.
Michelle McInnis said the goal was to raise about $20,000 for Darrell Campbell and his wife Judy, who suffers with Huntington’s disease, however, the campaign raised about $25,000. McInnis, a family friend, said she’s grateful to those who supported the auction in some way, donated to the campaign or assisted in any way.
“I just want to thank everyone for the overwhelming response through the campaign,” she said. “It exceeded our expectations. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the community. We are very appreciative.”
McInnis organized a benefit dance and silent auction at the Main Event in Glace Bay and also held a GoFundMe campaign called Reaching out for Judy — Huntingtons at https://www.gofundme.com/reachingout-for-judy.
The money will be used to install an elevator lift in the Campbell’s home and make modifications to make it easier for Judy, who now lives at Seaview Manor, to visit.
“To give her the quality of life that she deserves,” McInnis said.
“It’s going to make a great difference for them.”
Darrell Campbell, 54, has worked as a mechanic with Cape Breton Hyundai for 33 years, and Judy, 52, worked as a passenger screener at the Sydney airport.
In June 2008, Judy was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, but had been showing symptoms for years. In June of last year she moved to Seaview Manor.
Darrell Campbell said he and Judy are extremely grateful to those who played a part of this campaign in helping his family with the burden of living with Huntington disease, from McInnis who organized it to the businesses owners, individuals, friends and family.
“All funds will go to Judy’s care at home as well as helping with the family finances.”
Darrell said through this campaign he has met others with Huntington’s disease.
“Through this campaign I feel awareness has heightened around Huntington’s disease and its harsh effects on many families across the country,” he said.
“I hope it will help bring people together and more awareness to the cause.”